Two inmates who are still serving jail terms at Owerri prison, Imo State, have reportedly escaped from the prison.
Punch reports that insider sources at the Federal Prison, Owerri say the escapees took advantage of the ongoing building construction in the male section of the facility to abscond by scaling the fence.
The plan was reportedly hatched by the male inmates who were working at the construction site and is believed most of the male prisoners planned and facilitated the escape. The escapees scaled the fence, while work was going on in the male section of the prison.
The prison authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the escape, as the jailbreak has caused serious panic in the prison. There are fears that heads will roll if the convicts are not found.
The Owerri Prison, which was initially constructed by the colonial masters and billed to have a carrying capacity of 550 inmates, now houses over 2,500 persons, a problem which is over and above what the prison’s facility can conveniently accommodate at a time.
The upsurge of the inmates has been linked to the increasing rate of crime and criminality in Imo State. Prison authorities have expressed serious concern over the living condition of the inmates, describing the prisoners situation as that of those in bondage and not given the necessary assistance needed for their proper reformation.
They have passionately appealed to the state government to double their efforts towards decongesting the Owerri prison.
Recall that in June, two Kuje Maximum Prison inmates, identified as Maxwell Ajukwu from Delta state and Solomon Amodu from Kogi state, escaped from their cell during a minor jail-break.
Their escape led to Security outfits and other relevant bodies mounting high security alert to recapture the fleeing prisoners.